Arizona Forensic Polygraph LLC
Polygraph peer review, Consultation, Testing
Richard Smith - 29 years of professional, objective credibility assessment
About Owner & Examiner Richard Smith-
When retaining a polygraph examiner, it is very important to consider their experience level in the polygraph field specifically, and whether this is detailed on their website, to include the dates of attendance at basic & advanced polygraph training. Also verify that the polygraph school they attended was accredited by the American Polygraph Association- http://www.polygraph.org/apa-accredited-polygraph-training-programs . Another important consideration is an examiner's dedication to continuing education/advanced polygraph training, and whether they can provide documentation of it.
Richard Smith has dedicated himself to continuing education by regular attendance at advanced APA accredited polygraph training seminars hosted by the Northwest Polygraph Examiner's Association since 1994.
Richard Smith is a 1993 graduate of Western Oregon University's School of Polygraphy, an American Polygraph Association accredited school, administered by Dr. Stanley Abrams, Phd. in clinical and forensic psychology, as well as a notable polygraph expert and author.
Richard Smith is retired from 23 years as a fully commissioned law enforcement officer, and has worked in the field of polygraphy since 1993 as both a law enforcement, and private practice examiner focused on resolution of criminal issues, pre-employment screening examinations, civil issues, specialized exams for therapists, and Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT). Mr. Smith has retained peace officer certifications in both Washington and Alaska.
The background photos are of Saguaro National Park Tucson, Az. courtesy of MBody Photo - https://mbodyphoto.smugmug.com/
Remote Office Services-
Much of my work for defense counsel involves peer review and consultation, vs face to face examinations of clients. I conduct peer review of polygraph examinations for defense counsel from all over the United States. This involves- Review of law enforcement, probation sponsored, or other private polygraph examination files, charts, videos, to verify examination adherence to established polygraph standards, and administering examiner's conclusions. Also review of any associated police reports, case files, other relevant documents, as well as video/audio recordings of examination sessions.
Typical Examination Types- Conducted at my office or other locations deemed acceptable by examiner.
Specific issue/incident focused examinations- Targeting a specific accusation or allegation made. This is the preferred approach in polygraph, producing the greatest statistical accuracy, and lowest incidence of inconclusive results.
Criminal Defense Examinations- Specifically targeting a potential criminal allegation, or criminally charged allegation. All such exams are considered to be attorney work product, and as such are protected by attorney/client privilege.
Family Law Exams- Exams conducted for attorneys representing clients in family law matters, to includes anti-harassment orders, protection and no contact orders, child custody, divorce, dependency matters.
Pre-Employment Screening- Examinations for Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement & Corrections positions.
Post & Pre Conviction Sex Offender Testing- for attorneys and psycho-sexual evaluators- (American Polygraph Association certified PCSOT examiner)
Civil matters- Disputes arising from employment, lawsuits, small claims actions, restraining orders, etc.
Fidelity & Sex Addiction Related Therapy Examinations- American Polygraph Association guidelines advise that such cases only be accepted by therapist referral. Fidelity exams are not a quick, one stop solution to relationship problems, and trust issues. Proper, ethical polygraph testing is inconsistent with the theatrics and unethical practices often seen on television programs. Arizona Forensic Polygraph LLC will only accept such cases when it is consistent with APA recommended best practices.
Testing is conducted in accordance with standards and ethics of the American Polygraph Association. Each case is handled with sensitivity, and objectivity, in a professional and ethical manner.
Research has determined that a single-specific issue examination produces the greatest statistical accuracy, and lowest incidence of inconclusive results. It is therefore the approach utilized for the majority of examinations, using a scientifically validated question technique. Multiple issue exams too often provide inconclusive or false negative results.
Your privacy is given the highest regard, and only you determine how test information and examiner conclusions are to be disseminated, and to whom. No release of any test information or examiner conclusions is allowed without a signed release/waiver authorizing such by the examinee tested in that case.
Examiner's conclusions are provided once the scientifically standardized numerical evaluation of polygraph examination data is completed. APA standards require this scientifically standardized empirical evaluation be completed prior to examiners providing examination results. This evaluation of polygraph data occurs following test completion, however, test data may require more time for evaluation in some cases. Printed report summaries are usually available within 48 hours.
Criminal defense polygraph examinations conducted at the specific request of defense counsel are protected by attorney/client privilege, and are considered to be "attorney work product".
Forensic Photography - Richard Smith is also a professional photographer, with over 38 years experience in crime scene, and accident reconstruction/investigation photography. Photography services available on a case by case basis.
My MISSION -
Adherence to standards and ethics of polygraph science, as published and maintained by the American Polygraph Association- APA
No examination will be administered to any client who has engaged in recent usage of illegal drugs, marijuana, or any drug that may negatively influence their ability to respond normally and naturally to stimuli. This includes intoxication from the consumption of alcoholic beverages. If a client has any question regarding this, they should call or email Arizona Forensic Polygraph LLC prior to confirming an appointment for polygraph testing. Questions regarding a chronic health condition and prescription medications should be directed to your doctor or pharmacist.
Only subjects submitting themselves for testing freely, voluntarily, of their own free will, and who meet polygraph standards for physical and psychological suitability, will be tested. All clients must read and sign a waiver/release form signifying their understanding of this before any testing is conducted.